The Paris attacks were brutal and unforgivable. The drone attacks throughout broad swathes of the Middle East are also brutal and unforgiveable. This list could go on and on, and unfortunately it is doing just that. Everyone is a reactionary—“they” always started it, “we” are only defending our interests against “them.”
Every moment of violence is an opportunity to break this cycle; a chance to get off of the eternal treadmill of retribution and hatred. Remove the retribution and the flames of hatred will exhaust their fuel.
We must expand the circle of “us” to include everyone. This planet is too small to continue with our primitive “us” vs “them” tribal mentalities. I think that the teachings of Jesus are useful in extending the circle of “we,” but I think that everyone has resources available to them to choose love over hate, trust over fear.